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RULED OUT: Billy Gilmour tests positive for Covid-19

RULED OUT: Billy Gilmour tests positive for Covid-19

PA - Mike Eggerton

 

Billy Gilmour has been ruled out of Scotland’s Group D showdown with Croatia after testing positive for Covid-19, the Scottish Football Association has announced.

The 20-year-old Chelsea midfielder impressed in his first Scotland start on Friday as he helped the team earn a goalless draw with England at Wembley – a result which leaves Steve Clarke’s side still in with a shot at qualifying for the knock-out stages.

But Scotland have now received a major blow ahead of the must-win Croatia clash with Gilmour unavailable.

An SFA statement read:  “The Scottish FA can confirm that a member of the Scotland national team playing squad, Billy Gilmour, has tested positive for Covid-19.

“Having liaised with Public Health England since the positive test was recorded, Billy will now self-isolate for 10 days and therefore miss tomorrow’s UEFA Euro 2020 Group D match against Croatia at Hampden.”

 

Dilemma

 

Scotland must win at Hampden Park against Croatia to have hope of progressing from Group D, with four points likely to be enough to see them through as one of best ranked third placed teams.

Both sides have a point after two matches while England and the Czech Republic are on four points prior to their meeting at Wembley.

England's players and support team all returned negative tests on Sunday, with the Scottish FA currently saying there are no close contacts identified from inside the camp, with 25 players fit to face Croatia.


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